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[Update] Microsoft Reduces Xbox One Launch Territories From 21 To 13

by Mike Futter on Aug 14, 2013 at 08:09 AM

Update: Microsoft has provided clarification, confirming that the removal of region-locking will not prevent people from importing. "When the console launches this November, we will support Xbox One in 13 markets," a Microsoft spokesperson told us.  "That said, Xbox One games are not region locked. Any Xbox One game purchased at retail can be used in any country on any Xbox One. There are no technical restrictions on games or Xbox Ones that would prevent use anywhere."

Original Story:

At E3, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would rollout in 21 different countries this November. That is no longer the case.

Eight countries have been cut from the list. "While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches," reads the announcement on Xbox Wire. "This includes work to localize the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country."

The launch countries are confirmed to be:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

The countries that have been bumped to 2014 are:

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Those countries will be compensated with a free packed-in game. That title has yet to be identified. We've reached out to Microsoft to confirm that residents of these eight territories can import a console without ill effect.

[Source: Xbox Wire]


Our Take
Microsoft pulled the trigger too early with the list of confirmed countries at E3. Not only did they offend one of their on-stage partners, CD Projekt, but now they've ruffled feathers with eight other markets. A free game is going to smooth things over, but probably not until the 2014 launch rolls around in those countries.